Douglas Morrison (University of Akron) President
I think it’s natural for a past president to look over the time that they served their organization in the office of president and to ask themselves, “What did I accomplish?”
Looking back at this past year, here are a few of the things that took place.
The Academic Library Association of Ohio had its annual leadership retreat on June 2nd-3rd 2008. During this time we said goodbye to some folks we owe a debt of gratitude to for their service over the last couple years. Mr. Al Zavar – Cuyahoga Community College; Mr. Brian Hickam – University of Toledo; Karen Plummer – University of Akron and Lori Fielding – University of Akron; Sheryl Gannon – Heidelberg College and others for their past years of service. We also welcomed new board members Stephena Harmony – University of Cincinnati/Raymond Walters; Angel Jackson – Columbus State Community College and other members who moved to new executive board positions and continue their service to ALAO in new ways.
The annual dues to ALAO was raised from $20.00 per year to $30.00 per year and the member services task force was formed to identify the electronic tools ALAO would need to enhance its ability to better serve and respond to our membership in the future. Other changes dealt with the restructuring and enhancement of the Professional Development Award in both the fiscal and type of need under which it could be awarded to a recipient. We re-named and re-defined the former Newsletter Editors position into a “Communications Editor” position and this has provided a
basis for ALAO to reach out and communicate with its members in new and different ways. Have you checked out the new ALAO site on Facebook yet?
The 33rd ALAO Annual Conference “Innovation Generation: Tools, Techniques, Transformations” was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus Ohio. This was the first 2-day conference that ALAO has attempted in
almost 15 years. The conference had 32 vendors, 51 breakout sessions, 9 invited speakers, 17 Ohio-related authors, and 407 registered conference attendees. The conference was rated “good” or “excellent” by 86% of those evaluating the event There were 21 people who served on the 2007 conference planning committee with great energy and accomplishment.
There were a number of other accomplishments this year with ALAO establishing a new award, re-naming and expanding the areas covered by one of our interest groups, participating with other library-related Ohio organizations in the annual Libraries Career Night events sponsored by the KSU-SLIS. The amount of activity the association covers each year is overwhelming when you think about it! But when you look at the statement on the ALAO website it becomes a little clearer how we get it done, “We are over 600 members …. We provide support, encouragement, and educational opportunities”, we should also point out that we are a volunteer organization that thrives through the work
of our dedicated members service. It is through that kind of service that ALAO can get so much done.
My best wishes go out to new ALAO President Karen Wilhoit and our newly elected Vice President Rob Withers as they carry on the work and move ALAO forward. Thank you for the opportunity over this past year to serve as ALAO President.